Bernie Sanders is an elected U.S. Senator, but not a classic politician. He will compromise on bills and legislation, but he won't compromise his values in the mix. He and his staff are exemplary among politicians in helping people- he told me a while back to send anyone who needs help to him. I truly adore the guy and every time he makes news it's for a good reason. With the cuts to the vulnerable that Boehner and the Teabaggers want, Bernie got kinda pissed off. I know the pissed-off Bernie face, having watched him for many years. This article has me smiling. People like Bernie make life bearable. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110412/NEWS03/110412023/Sanders-vote-no-38B-federal-cuts?odyssey=modmostcom 4/14- From an email I received from Bernie this morning; should straighten out the factoids being put out on places like Fox that hate the working people and the poor: "Despite what you may have heard, Social Security is not going bankrupt and is not in crisis. The truth is that the Social Security Trust Fund has run surpluses for the last quarter century. Today, Social Security has a $2.6 trillion surplus that is projected to grow to over $4 trillion by 2023. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded that Social Security will be able to pay every nickel owed to every eligible beneficiary until 2039. "On March 15, 2011, I introduced S. 582, the Social Security Protection Act. This legislation would prevent any reduction in Social Security benefits or an increase in the retirement age without the agreement of two thirds of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and Senate to pass this legislation and ensure that millions of Americans can continue to count on Social Security to assist them in retirement."